When looking for a way to correct teeth imperfections and improve your smile, you can opt for dental veneers or crowns. Both options are popular and can help achieve remarkable results. However, there are key differences between them, so it is advisable to choose the right option for your condition. This article highlights some of…
Four Tips to Maintain Your Dental Veneers
Dental veneers are durable and can last between 15 and 20 years when they are cared for properly and protected from stains and damage. This review discusses ways to ensure you can maintain your dental veneers and help prevent early damage and the need to replace the veneers sooner than what is necessary.
Tips from a dentist on how to maintain your dental veneers
You can maintain your dental veneers by brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding foods and drinks that contribute to teeth stains, protect teeth from grinding, and visit the dentist for regular check-up visits. Taking care of your dental veneers properly helps ensure you are able to show off a bright and beautiful smile each day.
Brush and floss regularly
Brushing and flossing is perhaps the number one way to prevent early stains and damage to dental veneers. Of course, this is also important for protecting natural teeth as well. The dentist can provide additional brushing tips based on your specific situation. In general, it is important to brush all areas of the mouth thoroughly. However, be sure not to brush the gums in a rough manner as it can cause gum damage and recession over an extended period of time.
Avoid foods and drinks that can contribute to stains
There are certain foods and drinks that are more likely to cause early stains to veneers and natural teeth. For drinks, it is best to limit the consumption of dark beverages such as coffee, tea, and soft drinks. Foods that are high in sugar can also lead to early teeth stains, in addition to sauce-based dishes such as spaghetti. Also, ask the dentist before using a whitening toothpaste or at-home whitening products. While some whitening toothpaste may be acceptable, some can cause counterintuitive results.
Protect teeth from grinding
Teeth are vulnerable to damage if they are exposed to excess pressure. This can occur as a result of a blow to the face during physical activity, fall, or teeth grinding at night. To protect veneers from other teeth, dentists often recommend wearing a nightguard. This is particularly for patients who struggle with bruxism, and nightguards can be custom-made for a comfortable fit.
Visit the dentist for regular check-up visits
Regular check-up visits allow for the early detection of issues with dental veneers, natural teeth, and periodontal health. This allows the dentist to take action before any issues worsen and puts the long-term health of the veneers (or surrounding natural teeth and the gums) in jeopardy. Dentists typically recommend a check-up visit every four to six months.
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You can reach our dental team by phone or message today to have your questions answered and to set up a time for a dental veneers consultation visit. We believe everyone should be able to show off a beautiful smile and feel confident each day, so we encourage you to give us a call if you are unhappy with your smile for any reason.
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